Scott spent much of his childhood in Kepler’s, trying to find the ever-elusive “perfect book.” Now, after a brief stint as a would-be historian, he’s happy to help other people find it instead! He’ll read anything by Tamora Pierce, N. K. Jemisin, or Mary Beard, but isn’t picky when it comes to fantasy or science-fiction–the more the better! When not hiding out with a book he can be found playing D&D or baking.

Favorite Genres: 
Science Fiction
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Children of Time By Adrian Tchaikovsky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316452502
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Orbit - December 11th, 2018

Tchaikovsky's greatest strength is his world building, which hinges on the technological growth of a species of sapient spiders. A hefty book, but one that hooked me from the very first page and left me wanting more when I was done. ~Scott

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Stories of Your Life and Others By Ted Chiang Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101972120
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Published: Vintage - June 14th, 2016

Ted Chiang's stories dig into your brain and refuse to let go. Each one takes its premise and executes on it perfectly, delivering explorations on the nature of consciousness, belief, and technology with beautiful prose and imaginative settings. ~Scott

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On a Sunbeam By Tillie Walden Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250178138
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Published: First Second - October 2nd, 2018

Simply beautiful, visually and emotionally! A heartfelt letter to the people in our lives without whom our world would seem so much less magical, whether we know it or not. ~Scott

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The Underworld: Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean By Susan Casey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385545570
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Published: Doubleday - August 1st, 2023

Casey weaves together science, psychology, history, and mythology in this exploration of the deep sea--both what it is, and what it means to us. A must-read for anyone fascinated by the ocean or what lies beneath. ~Scott

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To Shape a Dragon's Breath: The First Book of Nampeshiweisit By Moniquill Blackgoose Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593498286
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Published: Del Rey - May 9th, 2023

A compelling fantasy of colonialism and indigenous erasure set in an alternate version of the 19th century. I fell in love with the protagonist's wit, indignation, and righteous rage at a world that refuses to see her as truly human. A one-sitting read! ~Scott

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Cosmos By Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson (Foreword by), Ann Druyan (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson (Foreword by), Ann Druyan (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780345539434
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Published: Ballantine Books - December 10th, 2013

This book reminds me of nights spent sitting outside with my dad, staring up at the night sky with blankets and mugs of hot chocolate. Sagan captures that feeling well--the abject wonder of being able to see, understand, and dream about the universe beyond our shores. ~Scott

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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries By Martha Wells Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765397539
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Published: Tordotcom - May 2nd, 2017

This is the story of Murderbot, a part-human, part-machine security construct who hacks its own controls and needs to figure out what to do with its newfound autonomy. Turns out, it mostly wants to watch TV and avoid doing its job. All Systems Red is a great sci-fi action adventure, a deep character study, and a wonderful depiction of what it feels like to deal with anxiety. ~Scott


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How Democracies Die By Steven Levitsky, Daniel Ziblatt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524762940
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Published: Crown - January 8th, 2019

An insightful examination of how democratic governments around the world have declined over time. Originally reacting to the 2016 presidential election, the observations made by Ziblatt and Levitsky have only become more relevant in recent years. But it’s not all doom and gloom–the core message is always that we can fix this if we pay attention and act with intention. ~Scott

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SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome By Mary Beard Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631492228
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Published: Liveright - September 6th, 2016

Mary Beard’s writing is at once academic and humorous, simultaneously deeply engaged with the past and interested in how ancient history affects the present. She paints a vivid picture of ancient Rome, its rise and fall, triumphs and failures. And in doing so, she introduces us to people, places, and ideas that have shaped our modern world in ways both great and small. ~Scott

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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) By Tamora Pierce Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442426412
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - December 7th, 2010

In the fantasy world of Tortall, only men can train as knights. But one of the new knights-in-training, Alan, has a secret–she’s actually a girl named Alanna, and she will have to fight to earn her place amongst her peers and keep her identity a secret. I grew up reading Pierce’s novels, and The First Adventure is her at her best: a charismatic, impactful coming-of-age story with plenty of fantasy action that doesn’t shy away from challenging inequality and discrimination in all its forms. ~Scott

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Saga Volume 1 By Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781607066019
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Published: Image Comics - October 23rd, 2012

Romeo and Juliet meets Star Wars, with an extra helping of grittiness and emotional turmoil. Saga tells the story of brand-new parents Marco and Alana, fugitives from their respective nations on account of their forbidden relationship. With hunters on their tail, the pair must discover how to survive, raise their daughter, and protect one another in a galaxy that wants nothing more than to bury them–and their fragile family–forever. ~Scott

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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250236210
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Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

Sci-fi at its best! Thoughtful, charming, and wildly imaginative, A Psalm For the Wild-Built asks us what it means to have purpose in life, and shows us a path towards finding the wonder in simply being. With engaging characters, a fascinating solarpunk world, and a beautiful story to tell, this is a book you won’t want to miss. ~Scott